Xyza Bacani

August 2018

Xyza Bacani, Untitled, 2014, Black and white photograph, Hong Kong

Xyza Bacani studied nursing in the Philippines before she left to work in Hong Kong as a domestic worker  to raise funds for her siblings’ education. In Hong Kong, she worked alongside her mother, who had left the Philippines decades earlier to make money to support Bacani and her siblings. She became interested in photography as a way of recording her fellow workers’ lives and the abuses they were subjected to. At Open Source, Bacani will present a multimedia project that will explore the lives of those who leave their countries and families to find work, as well as the lives of the children they leave behind. This project will incorporate personal narratives of the lives of Bacani and her mother through video, audio and photography.

Xyza Bacani is a Filipina street and documentary photograper. In 2015, Bacani received a Magnum Foundation Human Rights scholarship to New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ six-week photography course. Bacani has been recognized for her work as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World (2015), Women Who Wow Philippines (2016). She has received awards such as the Standard Young Visionary of the Year for Photojournalism (2015) and the Justice Centre Human Rights Award (2014). Her work has been exhibited at Para Site Gallery (Hong Kong), Ayala Triangle Gardens (Philippines) and Kong Art Space (Hong Kong) among others. Bacani will present a solo exhibit at Open Source.

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2018 Exhibitions

In 2018, exhibits at Open Source will encourage conversation about and engagement with diverse global perspectives through art. Through solo exhibitions, artists will involve our community in global-scale issues and explore the impacts of these problems locally and internationally. Through solo and curated group exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, we will explore themes […]


2018 Exhibitions
In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition
Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher: hand luggage
Tomás Rivas
Matthew Jensen
Xyza Bacani
Betty Yu
Khaled Jarrar
Immy Mali


Soup Kitchen 2017
2017 Exhibitions
Kimberly Mayhorn: Transcend
Reimagining Tradition
The Fire Theory: ICE
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
10th Annual South Slope Derby
Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion